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Breaking the silence: emigration, gender and the making of Irish cultural memory

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Show simple item record Gray, Breda 2014-01-27T09:53:13Z 2014-01-27T09:53:13Z 2003
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description Also, published as book chapter in 2007: Breda Gray ‘Breaking the Silence: emigration, gender and the making of Irish cultural memory’ in Liam Harte (ed.) Modern Irish Autobiography: Self, Nation and Society, Basingstoke: Palgrave. pp. 111-31, 2007.
dc.description.abstract In the second half of the twentieth century the relatively new practice of telling, listening to and recording life narratives – variously described as oral history, oral testimony and oral life narrative – gained recognition as a useful mode of historical and experiential reconstruction.1 In Ireland, the development of an oral history or narrative approach to research led to the establishment of new sound archives, and opened up fresh ways of narrating, listening to and engaging with lives lived in a variety of contexts.2 More recently, oral evidence has been noted for its particular merit in providing access to the hidden histories of migration.3 However, oral historical studies of Irish migration have tended to focus primarily on emigration, arrival and settlement, with little serious attention being devoted to experiences of staying ‘at home’ and the relationships between migration and gendered subjectivity. Taking a sociological rather than an oral historical approach, this chapter attends to staying-put as part of the dynamic of migration. More specifically, it examines that kinds of subjectivities produced in the life narratives of one woman who emigrated and another who remained in Ireland during the 1950s, during which time nearly half a million people left Ireland, with about two-thirds of these emigrating to Britain.4 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Department of Sociology, University of Limerick en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of Limerick Department of Sociology Working Paper Series;WP2003-02
dc.subject emigration en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject oral history en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.title Breaking the silence: emigration, gender and the making of Irish cultural memory en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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